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Nevada, Rhode Island, and Saint Mary’s all enter AP Poll

Four teams from mid-major conferences got national recognition this week.

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Nevada, Saint Mary’s, and Rhode Island all joined the AP Top 25 on Monday, giving the poll four teams from mid-major conferences.

Gonzaga, which lost at home to Saint Mary’s, dropped two spots from 13 to 15. The Gaels re-entered the poll at 16, while Nevada and Rhode Island came in at 23 and 24 respectively.

New Mexico State and Boise State each received votes for the Top 25 as well.

Elsewhere, Kentucky dropped out of the poll for the first time in three years, Wichita State dropped 10 spots after losing back-to-back conference games, and Oklahoma dropped from four to 12.

While this is undoubtedly a great week for mid-majors on a national scale, they will not have an easy time staying in the polls. Nevada has to play at Wyoming, which has four KenPom top-100 wins, and Saint Mary’s hosts a BYU team desperate for a big win. Rhode Island and Gonzaga seem to have lighter weeks ahead, but the Rams do face a potential challenge against Duquesne. The Dukes are off to a 5-2 start in the Atlantic 10.

The complete poll can be found below:

AP Poll

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS
RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS
1 Villanova (63) 18-1 1623
2 Virginia (1) 18-1 1537
3 Purdue (1) 19-2 1499
4 Duke 17-2 1439
5 Kansas 16-3 1338
6 Michigan State 17-3 1243
7 West Virginia 16-3 1217
8 Xavier 18-3 1180
9 Cincinnati 17-2 1087
10 North Carolina 16-4 1014
11 Arizona 16-4 974
12 Oklahoma 14-4 917
13 Ohio State 17-4 787
14 Texas Tech 15-4 763
15 Gonzaga 17-4 610
16 Saint Mary's 19-2 571
17 Wichita State 15-4 547
18 Clemson 16-3 474
19 Auburn 17-2 470
20 Florida 14-5 366
21 Arizona State 15-4 353
22 Tennessee 13-5 260
23 Nevada 18-3 190
24 Rhode Island 15-3 189
25 Michigan 17-5 123

Also Receiving Votes: Miami 83, Louisville 81, TCU 45, Kentucky 38, Kansas State 35, Seton Hall 25, Creighton 20, Florida State 14, Houston 5, New Mexico State 4, Boise State 2, Providence 2.